4 Ways To Prevent Chimney Fires This Winter
Chimney fires in Western Massachusetts are more frequent than they should be. With most New England homes having fireplaces to help heat the home during the long, brisk winters, it is vital that every homeowner make sure they cover all their bases when it comes to preventing a chimney fire. Here are four such ways to do that.
1. Clean and Inspect Your Chimney Annually
This may be the most important one on the list, and the reason we are putting it first. If you don’t clean your chimney every year, the build op of creosote from the previous year can burn extremely hot. Making sure your chimney passes inspection is important so that no smoke or burning, hot creosote can get into any other parts of your home.
2. Use Dry, Seasoned Wood
Wet wood burns slowly, and will smoke much more than seasoned, dry wood. Burning wet wood causes a faster build up of creosote in your chimney as well.
3. Use The Right Kindling
Wrapping paper, newspaper, gasoline, cardboard boxes-these are all types of kindling that should NEVER be used. They can float up the chimney while still on fire. Instead, start the fire very small, with sticks, bark and dry kindling.
4. Make Sure Your Chimney Has A Chimney Cap
Installing a chimney cap on your fireplace will help to prevent unwanted animals from entering and making nests in your chimney, which could catch on fire. They also help prevent hot materials from floating and landing on your roof.